Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

L to R: Molly Spearman, SC Superintendent of Education; Jason Warren, Greenville High Academy; Paul Hughes, Greenville Federal Credit Union; Monica Barnett, Greenville Federal Credit Union; Kaitlin Grooms, Greenville Federal Credit Union; Matt Tebbetts, Greenville Federal Credit Union; and David F.  Whittemore, SC State Board of Education.Contact: Matt Tebbetts
VP, Communications

The South Carolina Board of Education recognized Greenville Federal Credit Union as 2017 Business Volunteer of the Year during the State Board Monthly meeting in Columbia, SC on Tuesday, August 8. The State Board of Education Volunteer Awards Program annually recognizes businesses, civic organizations, individuals, and school improvement councils for significant contributions to public education.

Greenville Federal Credit Union was recognized for the launch of its student-run credit union branch inside Greenville High School during the 2016-2017 school year. The credit union, along with Greenville High School, turned a student-run credit union branch from concept into reality. This initiative brings real world financial literacy and education into the school and allows students enrolled in the school’s Academy of Law, Finance and Business to gain real-life experience and preparation for both college and future careers. Students earn course credit and gain hands on experience as they manage and operate a fully functioning Greenville Federal Credit Union branch.

Greenville Federal Credit Union - Greenville High Branch

The credit union has also been a strong supporter of district-level initiatives of student, staff and programs of Greenville County Schools including Teacher and Employee of the Year Programs as well as programs recognizing outstanding students and initiatives throughout the year.

“We are very honored to accept this award on behalf of all of those involved. To be recognized by the South Carolina Board of Education is a very proud moment for the credit union and our employees,” said Paul Hughes, credit union President. “This unique partnership between our credit union, Greenville County Schools and Greenville High further solidifies our commitment to our founding organization and our core values.”

“The success of Greenville County Schools and the diversity of opportunities we offer our students is due in no small part to support and assistance from our business partners. Greenville Federal Credit Union has been a great supporter of public education in Greenville for many years, offering support for initiatives ranging from our Teacher and Employee of the Year programs to their student-led branch in Greenville High School. I can think of no organization more deserving of the 2017 Business Volunteer Award and I welcome this opportunity to thank them publicly for their ongoing support,” said Greenville County Schools Superintendent, Dr. W. Burke Royster.

About Greenville Federal Credit Union

Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville Federal Credit Union was founded in 1968 by nine teachers from Greenville County Schools and serves anyone who lives, works or worships in Greenville County. The credit union is a not-for-profit financial alternative to traditional banking with more than 26,000 members receiving financial services at four branch locations in Greenville County, South Carolina and a variety of online channels. The credit union has over $200 million in assets. For more information regarding membership or financial services, visit or call 1.800.336.6309. The Greenville Federal Credit Union Media Kit can be found here:

About Greenville Senior High School

Greenville High School was established in 1888 and has a rich tradition of successful programs and outstanding students who have made significant contributions to the local and world community. The school’s mission is to foster excellence by empowering students to become critical thinkers, productive citizens, and lifelong learners.

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